20 Journal Prompts for Year-End Self-Reflection

Can you believe it? The year is finally ending. There’s no denying that this year was so overwhelming and stressful. 

It was full of worries, losses, and pain that tested every ounce of strength in us — the strength that we didn’t even know we have. 

I can’t tell you how many days I woke up hoping that there was just a button somewhere that I could press to just skip this year altogether. 

There were just so many things going wrong and it just kept coming at me without even giving me chance to breathe. 

If you are in the same boat as I am, please know that regardless of how difficult things are for you right now, this is not permanent. 

Yes, right now you may think that things will not get better but that is definitely not the case. Things will get better for you. You can get through this. 

And hey, despite all the struggles that we have faced this year, we’re still here. We’re still holding on and still fighting — this is definitely something that you should be proud of. 

But before this year ends, let’s take a moment to reflect on our year, all the lessons that we’ve learned, all our new realizations, things that we will never take for granted again, and of course, our accomplishments (big and small) 

I find that one of the best ways to help us heal and reflect is to journal. 

Journaling is not only very therapeutic but it also helps us connect with ourselves and our emotions on a deeper level — definitely give it a try! 


To help you get started, here are 20 of my favorite Journal prompts for year-end self-reflection… 


Name 5 things that you realized this year.

Name 5 things that you want to do differently next year. 


What is your biggest regret this year? 

Name 3 difficult things that you overcame this year. 


What are 5 things that you have accomplished this year that you’re proud of? 


Did you set resolutions or goals for this year? How did it go? 


Knowing what you do now if you could go back to the start of the year, what advice would you give yourself? 

What are 5 things that you have done this year to help other people? 


What is the biggest lesson that you’ve learned this year? 

Name 5 things that you have struggled with this year. And what steps have you taken to overcome those struggles? 


Name 5 things that you’re most grateful for this year. 


Name 5 things that you’re looking forward to next year.

What are your goals for next year?


What steps do you need to take to reach those goals?


Name 5 words that best describe this year. 


If you could change one thing that happened to you this year, what would it be and why? 


Name 5 things that brought you joy and made you so happy this year.

Who has impacted your life the most this year?


What’s you’re mantra or motto for next year?


Name one thing that you have just discovered about yourself this year.

Happy Journaling!

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